Stoicism: Jordan Peterson and Identity Politics

I comment on controversy surrounding Clinical Psychologist and Professor Dr. Jordan Peterson who opposes Canadian Bill C-16; talk about the dangers of identity politics and mob mentality; and offer my thoughts concerning group identity.

My Stoic Philosophy video series explores the philosophical tradition of Stoicism with goals to inform, empower, and help others benefit from the practical wisdom of Ancient Greek, Roman, and modern thinkers. I tackle many topics including handling adversity, finding meaning in life, working toward contentment, dealing with change, anger, and gratitude.

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Epictetus’ Discourses:
https://www.amazon.com/Discourses-Epictetus-Handbook-Fragments-Everymans/dp/0460873121/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1478049820&sr=8-2&keywords=epictetus+discourses

Stoic Philosophy – Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy:
http://www.iep.utm.edu/stoicism/

Massimo Pigliucci’s Stoicism blog:
https://howtobeastoic.wordpress.com/

Stoic Philosophy Facebook group:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/Stoicism/

Links:
Canadian bill C-16
https://openparliament.ca/bills/42-1/C-16/

BBC reporting on Peterson’s opposition to bill C-16
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-37875695

Letter from UoT admins to Peterson:
http://thevarsity.ca/2016/10/24/u-of-t-letter-asks-jordan-peterson-to-respect-pronouns-stop-making-statements/

Protestors disrupting Peterson’s talk at McMaster University:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMsi61OtkE4

Seneca’s Letters to a Stoic
https://www.amazon.com/Senecas-Letters-Stoic-Thrift-Editions/dp/0486811247/ref=pd_sbs_14_t_2?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=P6GZJCQG2849GSHF4DB8

Jordan Peterson’s YouTube channel:
https://www.youtube.com/user/JordanPetersonVideos/about

Justin Vacula

Justin Vacula produces content about Stoic Philosophy; serves as co-organizer and spokesperson for the Northeastern Pennsylvania (NEPA) Freethought Society; and hosts monthly Stoic Philosophy discussion groups for the Humanist Association of Greater Philadelphia. He has appeared on and hosted various radio shows and podcasts; participated in formal debates and discussions; was a guest speaker for college-level courses; was featured in local, national, and international news; and has been invited to speak at various national, local, and statewide events. Vacula received bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy and Psychology, a minor in Professional Writing, and the distinguished W.A. Kilburn Memorial Award for Philosophy from King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He is pursuing a degree in Marywood University’s graduate-level Mental Health Counseling program and formerly worked for the Arc of Luzerne County’s Transition to Community Employment program as a teacher’s assistant and job coach alongside adult learners with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He also plays poker; volunteers as a member of the website and media team for the Greyhawk Reborn Dungeons & Dragons campaign and plays at events in the Eastern United States; and enjoys metal music.